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A new brand of writer’s block

Recently, I discovered that I have absolutely no idea how to share my writing journey.

My husband says my posts are great. No one else has complained about them, but I’m not happy with them. For example, my monthly updates are copy, paste, replace old info with new info, repeat. I think the structure of the post is good, but I’m not happy with the content. With how limited my expression of my journey is.

The problem is, I can’t say too much about what I’m working on, because, in the past, telling too much about something I haven’t finished writing has killed those projects. I’m scared to death to lose the passion for what I’m writing, that when I sit down to share my progress, I freeze up.

Now, I know I don’t need to share my writing progress on my blog. I could just write in a journal or something that no one sees, but making it public keeps me honest. For example, if I’m in a writing slump or have been too busy or just haven’t written in awhile, because I’d rather be doing other things, I can easily ignore a my private journal. It can sit on my desk, gathering dust and be forgotten without consequence. That isn’t true when I start making public statements of my goals and progress. Doing this motivates me.

Also, I crave conversation. I can’t wait until this process becomes a dialogue. I want to have a back and forth in the comments so badly. xD I don’t only want to share what I’m doing, I want to hear how your writing is going. How what you read inspired your writing. What you’re struggling with and how you’re getting through it. Celebrate your accomplishments. I think that will be so much fun!

So, how do I do this? How do I talk about my writing progress without killing it?

I don’t know, honestly.

You know, I told myself I wasn’t going to make this post and just write a writing update post in an effort to fix this issue. Yet, here I am. Avoiding the issue by talking about it. *le sigh*

Oh, well. I’m going to post this. Get it out of my head. Then, maybe I can move on.

This is a strange kind of writer’s block.

How about you? Do you have trouble sharing about your writing? Are there certain things you leave out when you do share? Why do you leave out some things and not others? Let me know in the comments!

And take care!

Ann Marie Swaim icon

5 thoughts on “A new brand of writer’s block

  1. Maybe you could use a dairy format. So a journal entry? You can write about your emotions in your writing journey then instead of say how many words you’ve written etc.

    You could tell people what you liked in particular about your writing and what you struggled with. You could include your favourite quote/sentence you’ve made so far. You could maybe include what you’ve been currently reading and how that may or may not have influenced your writing style or given you an idea/inspiration.

    I’ve only just seen your blog so I haven’t had a proper chance to explore it. Therefore, I don’t know what your usual writing updates consist of, but I hope this has helped? 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! I especially like the idea of including what I’m reading and how it’s helped. So often this is the case. I’ll have to think about sharing lines from the MS. That one is difficult, since sharing these kinds of things can hinder my progress. I’d love to share though! It’s a fine line for me LOL

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      1. You do whatever makes you comfortable 🙂 or maybe you could write down your favourite quote from whatever book ypur reading. Maybe there is a sentence that stands our or a meaningful quote you liked in other people’s work that you like?

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